Measure has already passed the State Senate
FRISCO — Colorado’s civil unions bill cleared another hurdle today, winning passage out of the House Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan 8-3 vote. Republican Representative Carole Murray joined all the Democrats on the committee in voting in favor. The next stop is the House Finance Committee.
The Colorado Legislature almost passed a civil unions bill last year, but Republican lawmakers quashed the measure by referring it to a so-called kill committee, stacked with ultra-conservative lawmakers during legislative overtime.
SB13-011, sponsored in the House by Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) and Rep. Sue Schafer (D-Wheat Ridge), would allow all couples — gay, lesbian or straight — to enter into civil unions, which would provide benefits, protections and responsibilities similar to those granted to heterosexual couples in Colorado.
Speaker Ferrandino told the committee that since he and his longtime partner recently became the foster parents of a baby girl, “I am reminded every day that family matters more than anything else.”
“This legislation won’t change my relationship with Greg or Lila,” he said, “but it will provide the needed protections for our precious daughter and for ourselves.”
“There are families throughout Colorado, including my own, who are living the same as any family but lack the legal safeguards and recognition afforded to everyone else,” Speaker Mark Ferrandino said. “These committed couples want civil unions to uphold the values we all hold dear: commitment to others, stability, responsibility, and, most importantly, family.”